496 years ago today Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg. Not sure how many Churches mark this day as the start of The Reformation – arguably the greatest revival in the history of the Church. Even in a secularised West we still benefit from this recovery of the Gospel.
Many Churches will have an alternative to Halloween, maybe a ‘light’ party in contrast to the darkness of Halloween. But Reformation Day isn’t an alternative. It’s an opportunity to remember something that under God actually happened in history, much like the Gospel itself. As Christians we don’t have to pretend about anything, we deal in facts, things that happened.
Other Churches will have something for the kids but will also mark the day by a Historical Lecture or perhaps celebrate by remembering ‘The just shall live by faith’. Our Salvation, and your Salvation if you are not yet a Christian believer, depends not on what you do but on what God has done, what Jesus accomplished for all who will ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ’.
The Gospel is at the heart of Reformation Day and it should be at the heart of every day and especially in the preaching.
Praise God for the Gospel. Have a blessed Reformation Day.
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.